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Did Manti Te'o know his dead girlfriend never existed?

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09:30 PM ET 01.16 | All college football season long, one of the most uplifting and inspirational stories was how Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker and team leader Manti Te'o overcame the death of his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day, eventually leading his team to the National Championship game. Te'o did indeed lose his grandmother on Sept. 12, 2012, but according to a report from Deadspin, Te'o didn't lose his girlfriend. In fact according to Deadspin, the girlfriend Te'o said he lost never existed. In an extensive report, Deadpsin gives evidence that heavily suggests that Manti Te'o never actually met the woman known as Lennay Kekua, and that everything about her was made up by a man named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

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Manti Te'o, AP Photo/Winslow Townson Manti Te'o, AP Photo/Winslow Townson
January 16, 2013  11:26 PM ET

Oh man, this does NOT look good. At all.

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January 16, 2013  11:32 PM ET

We are talking about the same school that changed the pronunciation of their QB's last name so that it would rhyme with Heisman. So the fact that their 2012 Heisman candidate had an imaginary girlfriend with a compelling, but bogus, backstory is really no surprise.

January 16, 2013  11:35 PM ET

I'm already sick of this. The TMZ generation needs to grow up and stop focusing on crap like this.

January 16, 2013  11:50 PM ET

this is a strange article, to say the least. And how would people not have known about the made up girlfriend when it happened?

January 16, 2013  11:54 PM ET

Get ready... this story is going to be everywhere for a while.

January 16, 2013  11:55 PM ET
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this is a strange article, to say the least. And how would people not have known about the made up girlfriend when it happened?

it's called a cover-up. the question is, why?

January 17, 2013  12:06 AM ET

anyone seen the movie catfish?

January 17, 2013  12:08 AM ET
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it's called a cover-up. the question is, why?

I agree 100%. Why invent it in the first place and then why act to cover it up afterwards? If he was the victim of a hoax, why would he have then made up extra details in addition to it all. I understand that it's embarrassing, but there's no way he could have figured it would help.

This is one of the strangest stories I have ever read.

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January 17, 2013  12:09 AM ET
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I'm already sick of this. The TMZ generation needs to grow up and stop focusing on crap like this.

I agree. The angle for us here though, was did he know this girl actually never existed??? If that's he case, it makes him look REAL bad.

January 17, 2013  12:12 AM ET
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Scripted. Just like the TV show. I wanna punch that tool in the face.

scripted or not is irrelevant...and I didnt even know there was a show...

but anyways, I could see how he could have started some sort of online thing that was a hoax...but nothing after that makes sense.

At first read I was wondering to myself if it was impossible that he has a real mental problem and his friends and family are complicit in helping him hide it. At this point, I suppose it's as plausible a theory as any because no theory really makes total sense.

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January 17, 2013  12:23 AM ET

Read the deadspin article. There's just too many interviews, quotes, cross ties with the person supposedly responsible for duping him. It's just much.

http://deadspin.com/5976517/

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January 17, 2013  12:53 AM ET

Bad news Corp. Like the guy wasn't having a bad enough couple of weeks as it was. Yikes.

 
January 17, 2013  01:06 AM ET

Is his dead grandma made-up too? I heard she's alive and well watching Jerry Springer on their rented couch back in poko-olo.

If your make believe girlfriend dies in cyberspace, does she go to computer heaven?

Was anyone suspicious that he didn't attend her funeral?

Manti is as nuts as the guy who was pretending to be the girl he was pretending to date.... for 3 years.

I hope they both appear on the MTV show Catfish, and hash it out. I bet Manti ends up being the girl when it's all said and done, and that's better than watching reruns of the BCS championship game all offseason long on the ESPN family of terrible broadcasting. Hey, it's on again, I'm turning it off before halftime just like I did on January 7th.

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